The General Authority of Customs (GAC) has seized 23kg of the illicit drug marijuana in addition to 4,704 illicit narcotic pills through different operations at the various entry points of Qatar.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) customs department managed to foil three attempts to smuggle these drugs into the country.
Two of the attempts were spotted by the customs officer on duty who suspected the contents of some bags of some travellers and decided to send them for a more detailed manual search. Various amounts of marijuana were found inside the bags, totalling between five to 10kg. 
The third operation was foiled by a female customs officer who decided to open the bags of a traveller and search it thoroughly. The officer found a big piece of marijuana, in addition to 4,000 illicit narcotics pills mixed with other legally permitted medications. A specialist was tasked to separate the permitted pills from the illicit ones.
The fourth operation took place at Abu Samra Land Border, where the customs officer suspected the conduct of a traveller attempting to enter the country in his vehicle. The officer decided to search the vehicle thoroughly and found 704 pills of the illicit drug Lyrica hidden the spare tyre of the vehicle. 

Some of the packages of marijuana.

The director of land customs department Murshid al-Kuwari pointed out that the highly trained staff and officers of the department are instrumental for the success of such operations, foiling any potential attempts to smuggle harmful things. He also stressed that they have grown well-accustomed to the most common ways used by smugglers and can easily detect them.
Similarly, the director of HIA Customs Ajab Mansur al-Qahtani stressed the high efficiency of GAC employees and officers and their alertness to detect such attempts and protect the country against the potential harmful consequences.
He explained that all the seized amounts of marijuana were wrapped in carbon paper as smugglers think the drug would not be detected through X-ray machines. He also affirmed that the GAC possesses all the necessary sophisticated search and surveillance equipment in addition to the highly trained professionals.
The four employees who were behind the success of these operations were honoured by GAC president Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Jammal for their efforts. 
In the meantime, all the necessary legal procedures have been taken against the smugglers in co-ordination with the entities concerned.